Arkansas vs. Eastern Illinois fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 4:00 pm ET
Venue: Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR
Network: ESPN Network
Arkansas (0-0) vs. Eastern Illinois (0-0) Game Preview
It’s the first game of the Chad Morris era at Arkansas as the team eases into the 2018 college football season.
With Colorado State up next and North Texas to follow, the Hogs aren’t exactly extending themselves early on, but that’s okay – they need the work after an awful year and with so many changes with the new staff.
Eastern Illinois is coming off a decent 6-5 season, but its offense didn’t work. The defense was solid, but the Air Raid passing game has to show up in a hurry to keep up with what Arkansas will want to do.
One Reason Why Eastern Illinois Will Win
The Panthers have to start getting into the backfield immediately.
They weren’t great at generating sacks, but they were fantastic at coming up with a slew of tackles for loss. The D that was among the best in the FCS on third downs has to get behind the line and then get off the field.
DE Josh Price and LB Joe Caputo are the catalysts, and somehow, they have to be disruptive to stall what should be a good Hog balance.
One Reason Why Arkansas Will Win
EIU won’t be able to keep up if the Hogs get up early.
Even with the Air Raid style of wide open attack, the passing game didn’t work. With a new slew of starting receivers in the mix, it might take a while to get going.
Arkansas isn’t going to abandon the ground game – especially with a terrific backfield to work with – but it’s going to want to figure out the air show right out of the gate. EIU has a veteran secondary, but as long as the midrange throws are there and the chains keep moving, everything should be okay. Again, the Panthers probably don’t have the passing talent in place to keep up or come back.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s not going to be all that pretty against a good enough defense to hold its own early on, but the offense will eventually find enough of a groove to take over. The defense will take care of things from there.
This is the test-it-all-out game. Hog fans are going to be a little nervous with the way the team looks, but the final score will be fine. The game will be what’s it’s supposed to be – a light scrimmage.